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Neighbourhood Plans are a way for communities to decide the future of the places where they live and work.

Through the Localism Act and the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations, communities can:

  • Make their own neighbourhood plan – A document to set out where new houses, shops or businesses should go in their area, to guide what new buildings should look like in their area or to designate new open spaces
  • Make their own neighbourhood development order – This grants planning permission for new development communities want to see go ahead in their area and means a planning application would not be needed
  • Make a community right to build order – This grants planning permission for a specific use on a specific site.

The My Community Rights website has advice about Neighbourhood Planning and sets out how you can access the support which is available.

The first stage in preparing a Neighbourhood Plan is for a Neighbourhood Forum and Neighbourhood Area to be agreed and designated under the Neighbourhood Forum Regulations.

Milton Neighbourhood Plan – have your say

Milton Neighbourhood Planning Forum have prepared a draft neighbourhood plan which outlines a way forward for the area for the next 15 years.

Parliament has laid down a process to be followed in the creation of neighbourhood plans, and the next stage is a public consultation to be held by Portsmouth City Council.

Residents can comment on the plan from 6 September to 18 October 2021.

To see the plan and associated documents please go to the Milton neighbourhood plan site.

There are printed copies of the plan at Milton Library, Milton Village Hall and Eastney Community Centre.

To comment please email

If you need help accessing the documents or need to submit your comments on paper, please contact us on 023 9283 4092.

Making your comments

  • When commenting, please indicate which document you are referring to and give the page and/or paragraph number.
  • Representations should consider, in particular, whether the draft plan meets the ‘basic conditions’. A basic conditions statement has been submitted outlining how the Milton Neighbourhood Plan meets these.
  • Representations may include a request to be notified of a decision by the council to adopt the neighbourhood plan as part of its planning framework for the city.

What happens next

When the consultation has closed the council will collate all comments and send them to an independent examiner along with the plan and accompanying documents.

The examiner will publish a report to the council and the neighbourhood forum recommending whether or not the plan should proceed, with any recommended modifications.

If the recommendation is for the plan to proceed, the local community will get a chance to vote on it in a referendum.

If the vote is in favour, the council will look to adopt the plan as part of its local development plan, and it will be used to help judge planning decisions in the area.